Windows Media Player won't play .avi files

Discussion in 'Amateur Video Production' started by Pete Daly, Sep 23, 2003.

  1. Pete Daly

    Pete Daly Guest

    My Windows Media Player will play some .avi files but not others. I
    used to be able to play all files but I have recently downloaded the
    DivX and XviD codecs and they seem to be preventing some files from
    playing. I get sound but no picture. This is a particular problem as I
    have downloaded a trial version of InterVideo WinProducer3 and this
    will not recognise the files that Windows Media Player will not play.
    Is there some way of getting back to the original codecs used by
    Windows Media Player? Will reinstalling Windows Media Player cure the
    Pete Daly, Sep 23, 2003
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  2. Just install ffdshow to play them ...

    Wilbert Dijkhof, Sep 24, 2003
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  3. Pete Daly

    U. U. Guest

    (Pete Daly) wrote in
    Uninstall WMP and the codecs first.

    Then download the latest version of WMP and the codecs. Divx codec is
    available from

    Finally install the newest WMP followed by the codecs.

    I agree codecs can be a pain.

    Good luck!

    U. U., Sep 24, 2003
  4. Pete Daly

    U. U. Guest

    Which download? It's not clear from the Sourceforge site which to
    download. Also, it doesn't even mention Windows Media Player. Does it
    install to that or is it a separate program or what?


    U. U., Sep 28, 2003
  5. Just install the latest alpha binary. ffdshow is a directshow decoder
    (so it's a separate program). It can decode DivX3/4/5/XviD and other

    It gets loaded when playing those files in WMP6.4 (I guess also
    other WMP versions, but I use WMP6.4).

    Wilbert Dijkhof, Sep 30, 2003
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